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My take: Gone With the Wind (1939)

HD Goofnut
12-26-2009, 01:04 AM
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Title: Gone With the Wind (1939)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Four Disc Set
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 233 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
Rating: G
Region Coding: Region Free
Player used for review: LG BH200

Cast/Crew Info:
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler - Visitor from Charleston
Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O'Hara
Barbara O'Neil as Ellen O'Hara
Vivien Leigh as Scarlett
Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes
Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton
Evelyn Keyes as Suellen
Ann Rutherford as Carreen
George Reeves as Brent Tarleton
Fred Crane as Stuart Tarleton
Hattie McDaniel as Mammy
Directed by Victor Fleming

My take: (the breakdown)

Everyone should know the story of Gone With the Wind and Scarlet O'Hara and if you don't then you need to at least give the movie a rental when you can spare four hours. The story focuses on a plantation family in rural Georgia during the months before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. When the war breaks out everyone is forced to fend for themselves and make sacrifices and of course Scarlet seems to be very good at that. Filled with romance, action, and suspense this is definitely a must own for any film lover. Let's also not forget that this film was nominated for 10 Oscars and took Best Picture. This is worth an instant purchase in my opinion especially when it can be had for $40.

As with The Wizard of Oz (http://www.highdefforum.com/blu-ray-movie-reviews/102003-my-take-wizard-oz-70th-anniversary-collectors-edition.html) Warner has gone all out with their restoration for Gone With the Wind. Colors are well saturated and vibrant from start to finish even during the darker sunset scenes, which give off a nice orange cast. Flesh tones are properly rendered as well as Vivian Leigh's complexion is fair and Gable, well looks like Gable. Grain is moderate, but it never becomes noisy or inconsistent. Fine detail is aboslutely exquisite for a movie that is now 70 years old. You can see every pore, hair, and piece of fabric through the film's run time. There are a few instances of print wavering/damage, but they are rare and this is definitely to be expected with a film of its age.

The film gets a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track for it's Blu-ray debut, but there's also the original mono recording included as well. All I can say is that the TrueHD track sounds wonderful. Dialogue is never difficult to hear and is always properly prioritized. Surrounds see plenty of effects especially during the more intense sequences. The soundfield is truly engaged when the film's score kicks up as well. The sub was actually more active than I thought especially during artillery fire and large groups of shouting. Gone With the Wind should serve as a reminder that even older films can sound perfect.

Just by looking at the box you can tell this is one loaded set. We get hours and hours of making of material spread across two Blu-ray discs, a double sided DVD, and a CD that contains the film's soundtrack. It would take one an entire day or even two to wade through all this wonderful material.

Movie: 8.5/10
VQ: 9.5/10
AQ: 10/10
Supplements: 10/10
Final word: A Must Own

As always thanks for reading folks.

bruceames
12-27-2009, 10:52 AM
I've got this on VHS, both DVD versions and now Blu-ray, but even though the extra detail and color saturation is beautiful to see, I found myself worn out with the story after having seen it so many times. I watched the first half with my wife and we just left it at that, since it's the best part anyway.

It's a very good movie, but now I realize that it's very overrated and doesn't have high replay value, except in the sense of watching how the sets are layed out and the costumes, etc. It could be that I just wasn't in the mood, or that I'm not high on drama, but some of the acting seemed pretty weak and theatrical. Nonetheless I would give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, but it's not the movie I would want to be left with if I was stuck on a deserted island.

HD Goofnut
12-27-2009, 11:04 AM
I've got this on VHS, both DVD versions and now Blu-ray, but even though the extra detail and color saturation is beautiful to see, I found myself worn out with the story after having seen it so many times. I watched the first half with my wife and we just left it at that, since it's the best part anyway.

It's a very good movie, but now I realize that it's very overrated and doesn't have high replay value, except in the sense of watching how the sets are layed out and the costumes, etc. It could be that I just wasn't in the mood, or that I'm not high on drama, but some of the acting seemed pretty weak and theatrical. Nonetheless I would give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars, but it's not the movie I would want to be left with if I was stuck on a deserted island.

Well, my wife doesn't watch a lot of movies over and over, but this one is one of those exceptions. I am just thrilled that Warner treated The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind with such care for BD.

ack_bak
12-29-2009, 08:01 PM
I got my UCE Gone With The Wind delivered a few days ago and cannot wait to watch it. I just need to find a day to set aside about 4 hours for the movie and another 12 hours or so for all the extras :)

This really truly is a classic. But yeah Bruce, not the type of movie I can watch every year. But it is something I can watch every other year when I am in the mood.

trcanberra
05-09-2010, 06:54 AM
I got my UCE Gone With The Wind delivered a few days ago and cannot wait to watch it. I just need to find a day to set aside about 4 hours for the movie and another 12 hours or so for all the extras :)

This really truly is a classic. But yeah Bruce, not the type of movie I can watch every year. But it is something I can watch every other year when I am in the mood.

Pretty much the same here - very happy with the restoration, the picture and sound are noticeably better than my DVD version, which itself was pretty good.

I also like the extras - some of the documentaries are very good, I liked the new one about the other big films of 1939.